Castle Durrow is a magnificent Stately Manor, located in the village of Durrow, County Laois. The mansion was constructed on the banks of the River Erkina by Captain William Flower (later to become Viscount Ashbrook) in 1716. Its pre-Palladian design and formal gardens were the height of fashion in their day, and the grey/blue-cut stone contrasts with the breathtaking views of the wonderful surrounding landscape. Guests can explore the Estate and surrounding woodlands and forests, or stroll along the miles of river pathways. Discover the walled gardens, where much of the organic produce for Durrow’s restaurant is grown for our restaurant. The formal grounds are a gardener’s paradise and instructive tours are proudly presented by the Estate’s Head Gardener on a daily basis.
There are 46 guestrooms at Castle Durrow. A wide, cantilevered staircase and magnificent stained-glass window lead you to the beautiful bedrooms. Each is wonderfully inviting and individually decorated in an elegant style, to reflect the old world charm of Lord Ashbrook’s ancestral home. Without exception, every room in the castle has splendid views, either of the Irish countryside, the manicured gardens, or the river Erkina that flows through the Estate.
The spacious and bright ensuite bathrooms are well equipped with luxurious Molton Brown toiletries to ensure your every need is taken care of, to the very highest standard.
Dining at Castle Durrow:
Castle Durrow’s award-winning restaurant is located on the ground floor of the main house. South facing, the dining rooms overlook the rugged country beauty of Laois that truly encaptures the essence of the Emerald Isle. The main dining room is considered one of the finest in the country, with its spectacular views and comfortable furnishings.
Modern Country House cooking is the style of cuisine that our head chef Graham Gallagher produces. We serve regional and international favourites which are prepared from the finest local produce with herbs & vegetables from our own kitchen garden.
Menus changes every month and offer specials of locally sourced game, fish and meats. The wine list is carefully put together and we use a very reasonable pricing structure.
On The Map: Durrow is located in County Laois, in the midlands of Ireland, and just 25 kilometres north-northwest of Kilkenny City.
Durrow is a quaint and pretty village located in the verdant County Laois countryside. Situated at the confluence of mutliple waterways, Durrow has long been an attractive prospect for human settlers. Indeed, much evidence of human visits and habitation dating from the Bronze Age exists. There are several sites dating from the 6th century in the area, and 1155 is the year of the earliest recorded church in the village. There are numerous beautiful walks to take in and around the Durrow area, including the Leafy Loop, which runs alongside the River Nore. Since 2009 an annual ‘Scarecrow Festival’ (pictured), takes place in Durrow each July. The Festival features a great variety of innovative scarecrow figures, and is quickly gaining notoriety, including being nominated for ‘Best Festival of 2012 and 2013′ in the Irish Times newspaper.